Subtle cerebellar phenotype in mice homozygous for a targeted deletion of the En-2 homeobox

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Science  08 Mar 1991:
Vol. 251, Issue 4998, pp. 1239-1243
DOI: 10.1126/science.1672471


The two mouse genes, En-1 and En-2, that are homologs of the Drosophila segmentation gene engrailed, show overlapping spatially restricted patterns of expression in the neural tube during embryogenesis, suggestive of a role in regional specification. Mice homozygous for a targeted mutation that deletes the homeobox were viable and showed no obvious defects in embryonic development. This may be due to functional redundancy of En-2 and the related En-1 gene product during embryogenesis. Consistent with this hypothesis, the mutant mice showed abnormal foliation in the adult cerebellum, where En-2, and not En-1, is normally expressed.

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